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André Luiz Leite Galvão
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André Galvão setting up a choke on his opponent at the 2008 World Jiu-Jitsu Championship.
Born (1982-09-29) September 29, 1982 (age 41)
São Sebastião, São Paulo, Brazil
Other names Deco
Residence San Diego, California
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Welterweight
Reach 71.5 in (182 cm)
Stance Southpaw
Fighting out of San Diego, California
  • Atos Jiu-Jitsu (2008-present)
  • Team Brasa (2007–2008)
  • TT jiujitsu (2003–2006)
  • 4th deg. BJJ black belt
  • Judo black belt
Years active 1996 – present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 7
Wins 5
By knockout 1
By submission 3
By decision 1
Losses 2
By knockout 1
By decision 1
Medal record
Men's Submission Wrestling
ADCC World Championship
Bronze 2007 -77 kg
Bronze 2007 Absolute
Silver 2009 -88 kg
Gold 2011 -88 kg
Gold 2011 Absolute
Gold 2013 Super Fight
Gold 2015 Super Fight
Gold 2017 Super Fight
Gold 2019 Super Fight
ADCC South American Championship
Gold 2007 -77 kg
Gold 2009 -88 kg
World Championship
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Gold 2017 -88 kg (black)
Gold 2016 -94 kg (black)
Gold 2014 -94 kg (black)
Bronze 2013 -88 kg (black)
Gold 2008 -88 kg (black)
Bronze 2008 Absolute (black)
Silver 2007 -82 kg (black)
Silver 2006 -82 kg (black)
Gold 2005 -82 kg (black)
Gold 2004 -82 kg (brown)
Gold 2004 Absolute (brown)
Gold 2003 -82 kg (purple)
Gold 2003 Absolute (purple)
Gold 2002 -82 kg (blue)
Silver 2001 -82 kg (blue)
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Pan American Championships
Gold 2014 Absolute (black)
Gold 2014 Ultra heavy (black)
Silver 2013 Absolute (black)
Gold 2013 Medium heavy (black)
Gold 2011 Medium heavy (black)
Gold 2008 Medium heavy (black)
Gold 2008 Absolute (black)
Gold 2006 Middleweight (black)
Gold 2005 Middleweight (black)
Gold 2005 Absolute (black)
Gold 2004 Middleweight (brown)
Gold 2004 Absolute (brown)
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
World Cup
Gold 2014 Abu Dhabi, UAE -88kg
Bronze 2014 Abu Dhabi, UAE Absolute
Gold 2013 Abu Dhabi, UAE -88kg
Gold 2012 Abu Dhabi, UAE -88kg
Silver 2012 Abu Dhabi, UAE Absolute

André Luiz Leite Galvão (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐ̃ˈdɾɛ ɡawˈvɐ̃w]; born September 29, 1982) is a Brazilian grappler and professional mixed martial artist. A 4th degree Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Fernando "Tererê" Augusto as well as a Judo black belt, Galvão is one of the most decorated athletes ever, having won most major international tournaments multiple times.

Galvão is the co-founder and head coach of Atos Jiu Jitsu in San Diego, California, one of the most successful BJJ teams in competitive sport, and a coach to numerous world champions. He is the author of the martial arts book Drill to Win: One Year to Better Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

In June 2022 Galvão was inducted into the IBJJF Hall of Fame & in September 2022, he was inducted into the ADCC Hall of Fame.

Submission grappling

Galvão has won the 2011 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship (weight and absolute) Brazilian National Championship, World Jiu-Jitsu Championship and Pan American Championships multiple times and has also taken third place in the 2007 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship at both -77 kg and openweight. Despite his frequent competition success, Galvao has stated that he only began to learn Wrestling as an adult after he moved to America in 2008.

Galvão was a competitor in the 2009 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship in Barcelona, Spain where he placed second in the -88 kg class. More recently, Galvao had a standout performance in 2011, first by winning the Ultimate Absolute NYC by defeating standouts Antonio Braga Neto, Vinny Magalhaes, and Rustam Cshiev. At the 2011 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship Galvão captured gold in both the -88 kg and absolute weight classes defeating Rousimar Palhares and Pablo Popovitch, in each respective finals.

Galvão defeated Braulio Estima by rear naked choke in their Superfight at the 2013 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship.

Galvão faced Chael Sonnen at Metamoris IV on August 9, 2014. He won the bout via a rear-naked choke submission.

On August 30, 2015, he defeated Roberto Abreu via points (6-0) at the 2015 ADCC Superfight.

At ADCC 2017, Galvão defeated Claudio Calasans via decision.

At ADCC 2019, Galvão defeated Felipe Pena via points (2-0).

Despite initially going back and forth on whether or not to retire from the sport altogether, Galvao confirmed in 2021 that he will be returning at least one more time to defend his ADCC superfight championships at the 2022 World Championship event. In November 2021, Galvao became part of the inaugural class of the ADCC Hall of Fame thanks to his records as the longest-serving superfight champion and most decorated competitor.

At ADCC 2022, Galvão lost his superfight title to Gordon Ryan, being submitted by a rear-naked choke.

Mixed martial arts

Galvão made his mixed martial arts debut in 2008, and in 2009 he entered DREAM's 2009 Welterweight Tournament.

Since completing the tournament, Galvão fought in Strikeforce. He earned a record of 2 wins and 1 loss in the promotion before retiring from the sport.

Despite being retired from MMA for over a decade, Galvão revealed on November 30, 2020 that he was planning on making a return to professional MMA competition at some point in 2021.

On November 8, 2021, it was announced that Galvão had signed a multi-fight contract with ONE Championship. He made his promotional debut in a grappling match against ONE Middleweight and ONE Light Heavyweight Champion Reinier de Ridder at ONE: X on March 26, 2022. They grappled to a draw after 12 minutes after neither could find the submission.

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
7 matches 5 wins 2 losses
By knockout 1 1
By submission 3 0
By decision 1 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 5–2 Tyron Woodley TKO (punches) Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons II October 9, 2010 1 1:48 San Jose, California, United States
Win 5–1 Jorge Patino TKO (punches) Strikeforce: Houston August 21, 2010 3 2:45 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 4–1 Luke Stewart Decision (split) Strikeforce Challengers: Johnson vs. Mahe March 26, 2010 3 5:00 Fresno, California, United States
Loss 3–1 Jason High Decision (split) Dream 10 July 20, 2009 2 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan DREAM Welterweight Grand Prix Semi-Final Round
Win 3–0 John Alessio Submission (armbar) Dream 8 April 5, 2009 1 7:34 Saitama, Saitama, Japan DREAM Welterweight Grand Prix Opening Round
Win 2–0 Mikey Gomez Submission (armbar) FSC: Evolution December 14, 2008 1 3:59 Ontario, Canada
Win 1–0 Jeremiah Metcalf Submission (armbar) JG and TKT Promotions – Fighting 4 Kidz August 30, 2008 2 2:05 Santa Monica, California, United States

Submission grappling record

Result Opponent Method Event Division Date Location
Loss United States Gordon Ryan Submission (rear naked choke) ADCC 2022 Superfight September 18, 2022 United States Las Vegas, NV
Draw Netherlands Reinier de Ridder Draw ONE: X Superfight March 26, 2022 Singapore Kallang
Win Brazil Felipe Pena Points (2-0) ADCC 2019 Superfight September 29, 2019 United States Los Angeles, CA
Win Brazil Claudio Calasans Points (6-0) ADCC 2017 Superfight September 23, 2017 Finland Espoo
Loss Brazil Leandro Lo Referee Decision IBJJF Pro League Absolute August 26, 2017 United States Las Vegas, NV
Win Brazil Alexandre Ribeiro Referee Decision
Win Brazil Patirick Gaudio Referee Decision IBJJF World Championships -88 kg June 4, 2017 United States Long Beach, CA
Win Brazil Felipe Pena Points (2-0)
Win Australia Kit Dale Points (9-0)
Win Brazil Jorge Britto Submission (kimura)
Win Brazil Eduardo Telles Points (8-0) IBJJF Sand Diego Open Superfight May 13, 2017 United States San Diego, CA
Win Brazil Jackson Souza Referee Decision IBJJF World Championships -94 kg June 5, 2016 United States Long Beach, CA
Win Brazil Cassio Francis Advantages
Win Brazil Lucas Rocha Penalty
Win Brazil Felipe Mota Submission (choke)
Win Brazil Bruno Bastos Submission (rear naked choke) Fight2Win Pro Superfight May 8, 2015 United States San Diego, CA
Loss Brazil Felipe Pena Points (0-4) World Pro -94 kg April 22, 2016 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi
Win Brazil Jackson Souza Submission (wristlock)
Win Brazil Tiago Pessoa Points (2-0)
Loss Brazil Erbeth Santos Advantages Absolute April 21, 2016
Win Brazil Davi Ramos Advantages
Win Brazil Patrick Gaudio Advantages
Win Brazil Romulo Barral Points (1-0) Berkut 2 Superfight November 21, 2015 Russia Moscow
Win Brazil Igor Silva Technical Submission (injury) IBJJF European Championship Absolute January 25, 2015 Portugal Lisbon
Win Brazil Renato Cardoso Points (4-0) -88 kg
Win Brazil Rodrigo Fajardo Submission (choke)
Win Brazil Martin Aedma Submission (choke)
Win France Samuel Monin Submission (armbar)
Win Brazil Tarcisio Jardim Submission (armbar) Absolute January 24, 2015
Win Brazil Erbeth Santos Submission (north/south choke)
Win Norway Thomas Johannesson Submission (armbar)
Win Sweden Gabriel Rosberg Submission (choke)
Win Brazil Roberto Abreu Points (6-0) ADCC 2015 Superfight August 29, 2015 Brazil São Paulo
Win United States Chael Sonnen Submission (rear-naked choke) Metamoris IV Superfight August 9, 2014 United States Los Angeles, CA
Win Brazil Braulio Estima Submission (rear naked choke) ADCC 2013 Superfight October 19, 2013 China Beijing
Draw United States Ryron Gracie Draw Metamoris I Superfight October 14, 2012 United States Los Angeles, CA
Win Brazil Pablo Popovitch Submission (toe hold) ADCC 2011 Absolute September 25, 2011 United Kingdom Nottingham
Win Brazil Murilo Santana Points (0-0)
Win Brazil Sergio Moraes Points (6-0)
Win Japan Shinsho Anzai Submission (rear naked choke)
Win Brazil Rousimar Palhares Points (9-4) -88 kg
Win Brazil Pablo Popovitch Points (2-0)
Win Iceland Gunnar Nelson Points (2-0) September 24, 2011
Win United States Don Ortega Points
Win Russia Rustam Chsiev Judges Decision Ultimate Absolute NYC Absolute July 30, 2011 United States New York City, NY
Win Brazil Vinny Magalhães Points (4-0)
Win Brazil Antônio Braga Neto Points (2-0)
Win United States Nolan Dutcher Submission (armbar)
Loss Brazil Alexandre Ribeiro Points (0-3) ADCC 2009 Absolute September 27, 2009 Spain Barcelona
Win United States Tom DeBlass Points (3-0)
Loss Brazil Braulio Estima Submission (inverted triangle choke) -88 kg
Win United States David Avellan Points (2-0)
Win France Kassim Annan Points (11-0) September 26, 2009
Win United States Chris Weidman Points (4-0)
Win Brazil Bruno Bastos Submission (rear naked choke) ADCC Brazilian Championship 2009 -88 kg February 21, 2009 Brazil São Paulo
Win Brazil Rodolfo Vieira Points
Win Brazil Alexandre Ferreira Submission (rear naked choke) ADCC 2007 Absolute May 6, 2007 United States Trenton, NJ
Loss United States Robert Drysdale Submission (rear naked choke)
Win Brazil Fabricio Werdum Points
Win United States Baret Yoshida Points
Win United States Mike Fowler Points -77 kg May 5, 2007
Loss Brazil Pablo Popovitch Points
Win Canada Mark Bocek Submission (heel hook) May 4, 2007
Win United States Chris Bright Points
Win Brazil Rafael dos Anjos Submission (heel hook) ADCC Brazilian Championship 2007 -77 kg February 4, 2007 Brazil Rio de Janeiro

Instructor lineage

Mitsuyo "Count Koma" Maeda → Carlos Gracie, Sr. → Helio Gracie → Rolls Gracie → Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti → Alexandre Paiva → Fernando "Tererê" Augusto → André Galvao

Published works

  • Drill to Win: One Year to Better Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Victory Belt Publishing, 2010).

The book focuses on "learning the transitional skills of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and submission wrestling through proper diet, calisthenics, and technical drills".

See also

  • List of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners
  • List of current ONE fighters
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